Liverpool are reportedly set to sign a cousin of Steven Gerrard, Bobby Duncan from Manchester City in a deal worth just around £200,000.
According to The Sun, Liverpool are set to sign Steven Gerrard’s cousin Bobby Duncan. But, perhaps the more shocking thing is the fact that they are set to poach them from recently crowned Premier League champions Manchester City, who will be deflated upon reports of yet another bright gem leaving their academy setup.
It seems Liverpool are set to hand Manchester City another blow after knocking them out of the Champions League by snatching away Bobby Duncan, one of the brightest talents in the City academy.
Bobby Duncan has been a part of Manchester City for more than 6 years now. But, we had earlier reported of Duncan being on the verge of exit, with his contract talks at the club breaking down and his deal set to expire at the end of the season.
A big chunk of Duncan’s decision could have been made by Manchester City’s decision to keep the striker aloof from any action at the Under-18 and Under-23 level after his refusal to enter into contract talks earlier in the summer.
After his contract dispute with Manchester City, Bobby Duncan (16), the cousin of Steven Gerrard, is set to join Liverpool. City will receive a low compensation fee of around £200,000. [@reluctantnicko] pic.twitter.com/Af9PpuMAw4
— City Watch (@City_Watch) April 14, 2018
Duncan shot to fame by becoming the first English player at any age level to hit a hat-trick against Brazil, as he demolished the Samba Boys in an Under-17 fixture last summer.
Apart from being one of the brightest up-and-coming strikers in England at his age level, the player is also the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who has taken up a coaching role at Liverpool. The presence of Gerrard at Liverpool might just entice Duncan to swap loyalties.
Manchester City will be disappointed with the update of Duncan being on the verge of exiting their setup, after their golden boy Jadon Sancho departed for Borussia Dortmund last summer. But perhaps, like Sancho, City have themselves to blame for the situation.
The decision to keep the 16-year-old away from training and any footballing action is unlikely to convince him to extend his stay at City while it also stifles his potential. Duncan though, is keeping his head down, and is currently training at Wigan in order to maintain shape and fitness.
The 16-year-old will depart for Liverpool in the summer for a measly fee of around £200,000, with the Reds not eligible to sign any young English academy player before the summer due to an impending transfer embargo.